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By Eric Ellman The Texas Water Safari turns 50 next week in San Marcos, Texas. Under normal circumstances the Golden Anniversary of “the world’s toughest canoe race”, a 260-mile testament to the extreme some people go for a t-shirt, would be the summer’s biggest canoe racing story. But this year the 100-hour torture fest is […]
What started with a confession over warm beer will turn into 2,500 miles of cold paddling. On Tuesday, May 1, British paddlers Andy Mullins, Geoff Cater and Mike Greenslade set out from Portscatho on the Cornish South Coast, beginning their attempt to circumnavigate Britain by sea kayak. To their knowledge, only 16 other expeditions (23 […]
Don Starkell, who claimed to have paddled more miles than any person in history, died of cancer Saturday at his home in Winnipeg, Manitoba, the Winnipeg Free Press reports. He was 79. The famously stubborn canoeist is best known for paddling 12,000 miles with his son Dana, from their home near Winnipeg to the mouth of the Amazon. The 1980 open canoe journey earned the Starkells a place in the Guinness Book of World Records. It was but one episode in a life of canoeing and kayaking that spanned nearly 75,000 miles.
We’ve all run the gnar backwards plenty of times, but never on purpose and never this cleanly. Here, Asheville, N.C.’s own Pat Keller runs the fabled Green River Narrows switch. Do the back-paddling antics mark a step forward in downriver freestyle kayaking’s progression? We’ll see. We do know that it’s been a big winter for Mr. Keller